As Christians, disciplining our children is part our natural way of life, following the direction God gave us in His word. It’s not very pleasant, but it’s there to correct the behaviour and to punish their actions. Today when I look back at the discipline that my father instilled on us as kids, I am very grateful for the outcome of my life. Proverbs 13:24 “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him”.
Our heavenly Father works on the same principles and corrects our behaviour because He loves us. When we receive correction from our Pastor or leader in our cell groups we shouldn’t take offense. When we give correction it should come from a heart of love and not judgement. For those of us that accept the Lord’s discipline it is wisdom, but those that reject His discipline it is pride. James 4:6 says “ God resists the proud , but gives grace to the humble.” and we know that pride comes before the fall. Always be willing to receive correction, because it builds our character. Pride is a very dangerous area to walk in; it will bring separation between you and God. Proverbs 12:1 says “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid”. Discipline is God’s love you cannot separate the two.
Self-discipline, on the other hand, is one of the areas we all struggle with and this is not an easy task. It is a daily struggle to resist our flesh because we want to do the right thing, but we end up doing the wrong things (Rom 7:15). Self-discipline must be a conscious decision to be committed and to be focus on pleasing God. Laying down our own plans and asking God for His direction will motivate us. Meditating on the word of God is the main key that will help us live a disciplined life.
Preparation is part of discipline. It is therefore important to prepare the area for worship and prayer beforehand. When you do this you mentally prepare your mind to focus on God. God sees so much potential in us, we must just strive to focus on our daily commitment to Him. A person with self-discipline will always focus on a positive outcome, will always motivate and encourage others to strive for more. That is who God want us to be. Discipline your mind and bring everything under God’s submission.
Prayer: Lord in the name of Jesus help me with self-discipline and not to take offence when I am corrected. I will see correction as a positive stepping stone to understand the character that you need to come forth in my life in Jesus name. Amen